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Let My People Live


Published 1938


This film courtesy of The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

DIRECTOR: Edgar Ulmer. SPONSOR: The National Tuberculosis Association. PRODUCTION: Motion Picture Service Corporation. CAMERA: William Miller. EDITOR: SOUND: Nelson Minnerly. DRAMATIC ASSISTANTS: S.E. Walker, Edward Lawson. CAST: Rex Ingram, Peggy Howard, Merritt Smith, Erostine Coles, Christine Johnson. Jackson Burnside. NARA ARC Identifier: 98575

Aimed at African Americans and shot at Tuskegee University, this film instructs viewers in the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis by focusing on a pair of sympathetic siblings, George and Mary, whose lives are altered by the disease. Starring Rex Ingram as Dr. Gordon, the film suggests that organized religion is an important defensive location in this particular community, and warns of the dangers of the previous generation’s superstitions and its fear of medicine. The Health Department prominently featured the film at the 1939 World’s Fair. Directed by Edgar Ulmer.


Run time 13:31
Producer Motion Picture Service Corporation
Sponsor The National Tuberculosis Association.
Audio/Visual sound, black & white

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Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 18, 2015
Subject: Hmmm
This was a very well put together film made for African Americans about TB. A female gets sick, and disregards any advice about home remedies and goes to a doctor and ultimately, the hospital, to get cured. It does look though that it seemed pretty easy to just go and go to a hospital for this, which seems suspect in that time. I could be wrong though.
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